Shannara Books In Order

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Publication Order of Original Shannara Books

The Sword of Shannara (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Elfstones of Shannara (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wishsong of Shannara (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
First King of Shannara (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Indomitable (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of Original Shannara Books

First King of Shannara(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sword of Shannara(1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Elfstones of Shannara(1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wishsong of Shannara(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Indomitable(2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The chronological order of the Shannara series is: Word & Void, Genesis, Legends, Original Shannara (aka Sword of Shannara), Heritage, Voyage, High Druid, Dark Legacy, Defenders, and Fall. However, it must be noted that this is not the recommended reading order and reading the books in chronological order will spoil the series.So read Original Shannara series, then Heritage etc following the list below.

Publication Order of Heritage Of Shannara Books

The Scions of Shannara (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Druid of Shannara (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Elf Queen of Shannara (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Talismans of Shannara (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Word & Void Books

Running with the Demon (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Knight of the Word (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Angel Fire East (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Imaginary Friends (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Voyage Of The Jerl Shannara Books

Ilse Witch (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Antrax (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Morgawr (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of High Druid Of Shannara Books

Jarka Ruus (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tanequil (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Straken (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Genesis Of Shannara Books

Armageddon's Children (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Elves of Cintra (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gypsy Morph (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Legends Of Shannara Books

Bearers of the Black Staff (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Measure of the Magic (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Dark Legacy Of Shannara Books

Wards of Faerie (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bloodfire Quest (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Witch Wraith (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Paladins Of Shannara Books

Allanon's Quest (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Weapons Master's Choice (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Black Irix (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Defenders Of Shannara Books

The High Druid's Blade (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Darkling Child (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sorcerer's Daughter (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Fall Of Shannara Books

The Black Elfstone (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Skaar Invasion (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Stiehl Assassin (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Druid (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Shannara Graphic Novels

Dark Wraith of Shannara (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Born in the year 1944 in Brooklyn Illinois, Terry Brook spent most of his childhood and early years coming up with stories, which were centered on the Sinissipi Park, a park that would, later on, become the setting for his international bestselling trilogy, the World, and Void. Upon completing his high school education, Terry Brooks was admitted to Hamilton College, where he majored in English Literature. Later on, Brooks was admitted to Washington and Lee University, where he was awarded a graduate degree. During Brooks’s high school years, he penned down several science fiction narratives, non-fiction, fiction and western stories. One day, while in high school, Terry Brooks was given the critically acclaimed Lord of the Rings book series by a friend to read and it was at that moment when Brook’s life changed completely. In Tolkien’s most successful work, Terry Brooks was able to find all the elements and aspects that he truly needed in fully exploring his writing and taking it to new heights.

During the seven years that Brooks spend at Washington and Lee University, Terry Brooks began working on the Shannara Chronicles, as a way of maintaining sanity. The Shannara Chronicles became Brooks’s very first paperback novel to be featured in the New York Times bestsellers list. The Shannara Chronicles managed to stay on the New York bestsellers list for more than 5 months, a feat that is yet to duplicated by any other author.

Shannara Series Best Books
The Sword of Shannara
Many critics have tried to point out that there are some striking resemblance between Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Terry Brooks’s Shannara Chronicles. However, many readers and critics have come forth and claimed that the literary critiques mainly used those derogatory remarks as a way of depriving the author of any originality in his storytelling. Written within 8 years, Terry Brooks’s, Shannara Chronicles, takes the readers to the realms of Shannara in a rather impressive manner. In the Sword of Shannara, author Terry Brooks introduces the readers to the Four lands and the people who leave in these lands. Author, Brooks begins by introducing the readers to the resident of Shady Vale, one Shea Ohmsford. As the narrative progresses, Shea finds himself as the unwitting pawn in the quest of locating the sword of Shannara. Brooks manages to intertwine some of the main and supporting characters, who would later on become significant in the book series.

There are some characters that the readers are going to fall in love with, while there are others that the readers are simply going to hate. Allanon is a character who brings some sort of uneasiness with him, while Flick is a character who does not fail to annoy when given the opportunity. Overall, The Sword of Shannara is an epic adventure novel. Elves, dwarves, gnomes, and men have all been featured together alongside magic swords, magic, and warriors. Author Terry Brooks has also managed to ensure a lineage of characters are constantly featured in the Sword of Shannara and, in the process does not alter the flow of the narrative. Apart from the fact that the Sword of Shannara marks the beginning of a trilogy, the world that author Terry Brooks has created will undeniably amaze the reader.

The Elfstone of Shannara
The Elfstone of Shannara is the second installment in the Shannara Chronicles book series. In the Elfstone of Shannara, author Terry Brooks takes a rather different approach to the series, by allowing time to pass. Many at times, when the second novel in a fantasy series is released, it is normally a direct continuation of the first installment. The readers once again meet with Allanon as he enters the Four Worlds while attempting to save it from ultimate destruction. It is evidently clear that the magical tree, Ellcrys is dying, which in turn means that the ancient spell, which had been sealed by the tree was finally going to break. Once the spell breaks, demons that had been banished from the Four Lands will soon find their way into the lands.

This time around, Will Ohmsford, who is Shea Ohmsford, the grandson, is enlisted by Allanon to look after Amberle Elesedil, the King’s granddaughter. Amberle and Shea Ohmsford mission is to ensure that they bring healing to the magical tree of Ellcrys to ensure that the demons are once again kept at bay. Amberle and Shea embark on their journey accompanied by elves, whose job is to ensure that the pair gets to safety.

The Wishsong of Shannara
Magic is undeniably the one thing that seems to lack in a majority of the fantasy novels these days. Many at times the magic that would be used in the series will basically be the same, in each of the books in the series. The critically acclaimed Lord of the Rings relied on Gandalf the Wizard and his magic staff. However, in Terry Brook’s original books series, the Shannara Chronicles, each of the installment sees a rather different variation occur, which will undeniably leave the readers guessing the role of magic in each of the installment. In the Wishsong, author Terry Brooks introduces the readers to one of the most powerful appearances of Jerle Shannara magic.

The Wishsong of Shannara focuses on Jerle Shannara’s descendants, Jair and Brin Ohmsford. Brin and Jair are the children of Eretria and Wil Ohmsford. As the narrative progresses, Brin and Jair bump into Allonon, one of the most favorite brooding druid. Allonon whisks away Brin Ohmsford on a quest, which could only be completed by Brin alone. Nonetheless, her younger brother Jair realizes that if he fails to do anything, then Brin will die and all the trouble that she went through will be for nothing. With that said, the Wishsong of Shannara raises the bar from the previous installment. Apart from being unpredictable, the Wishsong of Shannara was also quite entertaining and full of action.

Despite the fact, that author Terry Brooks’s writing style will remind the readers of Shannara Chronicles, The Wishsong of Shannara is an easier read. Brooks has managed to bring the story to life through her vivid and somewhat clear writing. By making use of intertwining storylines, author Terry Brooks has been able to add complexity to the narrative, which changed the narrative from a simple tale to a larger-than-life journey across a vivid-world.

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